An Oakland man is sentenced to spend 25 years behind bars on assault charges. 21 year old Renn Camden Hartman, was sentenced in the Circuit Court to 25 years in the Division of Correction for a charge of first degree assault. Hartman pled guilty to the charge in May, at which time Judge Ray Strubin ordered a pre-sentence investigation report be completed.
Hartman was arrested by officers of the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office on October 9, 2019 for the beating of a man the night before in the Deep Creek Lake area with a sledge hammer. The victim, who was left in his apartment after the attack, managed to get to a neighboring residence for assistance. After an initial transport to Garrett Regional Medical Center, he was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital for life-saving treatment.
During the sentencing hearing, State’s Attorney Lisa Thayer Welch listed for the Judge the permanent injuries and on-going medical concerns of the victim that are a consequence of the attack. She also provided photographs of the victim’s injuries, the crime scene and the weapon. Requesting the maximum sentence of 25 years, Welch commented on the cold, calculated and premeditated nature of the crime.
Hartman was developed as a suspect from information provided by co-workers of the victim. Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division obtained statements from witnesses, including a juvenile who assisted Hartman with the crime, leading to the recovery from Broadford Lake of physical evidence related to the crime. DNA analysis later confirmed the connection between the physical evidence, the victim, the juvenile perpetrator and Hartman.